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University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers are on-hand to answer Minnesotan's questions about home flower gardens, vegetable and fruit gardens, landscape design and maintenance, seed starting, garden soil, composting, and pest management.

(This group currently has 10 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

What kind of bug

I found this bug coming out of a red cedar llumber

Blue Earth County MN Posted about 2 hours ago

Robins nest

We moved into a new townhouse last spring and a robin had a nest on the top of the garage outside lights. We did not disturb the nest until the nesting was competed. Apparently a nest is build there every year. How can we discourage the robin from building a nest this coming spring. We do have a problem with bird nest fungi in the area of the nest.

Hennepin County MN nuisance wildlife bird nests birds nest fungus Posted 1 day ago

privacy hedge

hi i am wondering which bush or shrub to plant in the spring. i would like one to use instead of a fence. any help would be appriciated. i live in south east owatonna in town

Steele County MN privacy hedge Posted 1 day ago

Elephant Ear Plant Species

Greetings. I am trying to narrow down the type of Elephant Ear Plant this is. I'm not sure if there are so many that it is impossible to identify. But thought I would start with you - who have helped me in the past. Thank you.

Ramsey County MN Posted 3 days ago

black hills living spruce tree

Received in Dec 2017-left in home to long and it has started to grow. I have it in dining room with no sun but does get light. I know it is too cold to put in garage (not attached) so what can I do? thanks Judy Davis

Rice County MN overwintering trees Posted 3 days ago

Strawberry Pallet Garden

We live in a townhouse with a deck that gets a lot of sunshine in the summer. I was thinking of doing a pallet garden for strawberries on the deck this summer. How I've seen them done is you plant the garden with the strawberries and leave it flat for a week so that the roots take and then you can stand it up on end. That would be perfect for our space. My question is . . . do you think that would work here in Minnesota? If so, what kind of strawberries would you suggest using in such a situation? And what should I do with it in the winter? I would love to have it growing year upon year if possible. Thanks! Beth Etter

Scott County Minnesota growing strawberries overwintering strawberries in containers Posted 4 days ago

Raised garden beds on blacktop

Hi, I'm wondering about any research found on how much/what chemicals leach into plants planted in raised beds on asphalt. I am asking about a space with some existing beds that I do not believe have liners at their bases and am wondering about the viability of that soil moving forward as well? I've read that putting in a liner and pea gravel with drain holes is the best option for new beds on asphalt- would you agree? Also, if we dug up the asphalt, could we plant directly into that or would that soil be contaminated- if so for how deep would you recommend digging the soil out and replacing? Any other info suggestions I should consider? This is for a possible community garden space- 18 existing beds- looking to double the size. Thanks for your time

Ramsey County Minnesota ashphalt Posted 6 days ago

My garden

I live in an apartment with a deck. I want to grow some potted flowers that don't take full sun and do well in Minnesota. Can you tell me some?

Dakota County Minnesota Posted 6 days ago

Hyacinth bulbs

Hi, Someone just gave me a bag of hyacinth bulbs. Can I keep them in a cool dark place and save them for this coming fall, or are they goners? I'd prefer not to force them to bloom indoors. Thanks!

Hennepin County Minnesota Posted 6 days ago


I'm a first time owner of a Dahlia. I have it in my basement per instruction, but it is growing. It is now about 8-10 inch long very spindly. Is this normal? If not what should I do at this time. Thank you for your help

Anoka County Minnesota Posted 7 days ago